Life of Malagan
These intricate wooden carvings have confused anthropologists and confounded art historians for over a century.

The Life of Malagan

The small-scale societies of these islands became famous in the West for their ceremonial wooden carvings.

Melanesia, an introduction

Collected from Papua New Guinea in the 1880s, this figure would otherwise have been destroyed after its ritual use.

Malagan at the British Museum

The Ambum Stone, c. 1500 B.C.E., greywacke, 
Ambum Valley, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea.
This intriguing artifact has a 3,500-year history. The latest chapter? A political debate over cultural heritage.

Ambum Stone